Whiplash is caused when your head moves suddenly in one direction and then back quickly. It is a common injury in a car crash.
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Neck pain is the most common symptom of whiplash. Other symptoms can include:
- aches in the shoulders and arms
- dizziness or feeling light headed
Some people may continue to have these symptoms during their recovery.
How long does it take to get better?
Everyone's recovery is different.
Most people recover from whiplash within a few days or weeks, others may take several months to get better.
Most people will be able to go on with their usual activities as they get better.
It's good for your recovery to get active. People who keep working, even if they can't do all their usual work at first, have a better recovery.
What can I do to help my recovery?
- Change the side you carry things like your child, laptop or gym bag.
- Make more trips so you carry less when you are shopping, carrying garden supplies or moving boxes at work.
- Change your posture more often, or get up and move around. Do this when you are working on your computer, watching TV or having dinner with friends and family.
- Do your usual activities over a few days rather than all at once. Vacuum one room each day or mow one section of the garden at a time.
- Use a step ladder to improve your position and avoid reaching overhead.
- Use a snorkel and goggles to swim if it is hard to turn your head to breathe.
- Lift the handlebars on your bike so you can change your posture.